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Palo Alto Names Next Chief Communications Officer

Palo Alto Names Next Chief Communications Officer

Palo Alto City Manager Ed Shikada today announced the selection of Meghan Horrigan-Taylor as Palo Alto’s Chief Communications Officer. As a member of the City’s Executive Leadership Team, Horrigan-Taylor will be responsible for citywide coordination of communications activities including proactive outreach, coordinating responses to media inquiries, and strategic communications initiatives.

“I am proud to announce the selection of Ms. Horrigan-Taylor to Palo Alto’s leadership team,” said Shikada. "She has distinguished herself through her career in public service in the Bay Area and demonstrated experience in a wide variety of issues that could face Palo Alto. We will put her experience to work right away as we review our methods of community engagement.”

Horrigan-Taylor has spent the last 18 years in support of local government. She has served the City of Redwood City since 2014 as Public Communications Manager in the City Manager’s Office, during which she facilitated the overhaul of the City’s website management, established agreements with the Port of Redwood City and Silicon Valley Clean Water to provide communications and marketing services, and worked with department directors to enhance civic participation through social media and related engagements. From 2006 to 2014, she served as Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Team San Jose, the public-private partnership operator of the San Jose Convention Center. Prior to 2006, Horrigan-Taylor developed public affairs and communications strategies for the San Jose Mayor’s office. Horrigan-Taylor holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University. 

"As the birthplace of Silicon Valley, the City of Palo Alto is known for its innovative approaches, progressive community and civic involvement," said Horrigan-Taylor. "I'm excited by the opportunity to help expand communications and community engagement strategies to strengthen the city’s sense of community and collaboration.”

Horrigan-Taylor succeeds former Chief Communications Officer, Claudia Keith, who relocated from the Bay Area in May. She will join Palo Alto on August 20, and will engage immediately on the review and enhancement of the city’s community engagement strategies, as well as the ongoing effort to plan for railroad grade separations across the city.

Last Updated: July 30, 2019